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Brian Cashman says Joe Girardi isn’t going anywhere

Sep 16, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

Joe Girardi, Brian Cashman

With the Yankees coming back to the pack in the AL East general manager Brian Cashman was asked yesterday whether manager Joe Girardi’s job could be in jeopardy.

His answer was a simple “no” and then when a follow-up question wondered whether Girardi’s job was safe regardless of how the Yankees finish the season his answer was an equally simply “yup.”

Two weeks ago Hal Steinbrenner told Ken Davidoff of the New York Post that Girardi’s job was “not at all” at stake, so unless both men are being coy the manager isn’t going anywhere.

Girardi is under contract for next season at $3 million and despite struggling of late the Yankees still hold a one-game lead in the AL East with the league’s third-best record at 82-63. This is Girardi’s fifth season as Yankees manager after one season managing the Marlins and his .570 career winning percentage is the 15th-best of all time and tops all active managers.

  1. sictransitchris - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    It’s gotta be tough to be Girardi.

    If the Yanks do well, you’re not involved in any manager of the year voting since it’s a near $200 million roster and they’re expected to do well, however, if the Yanks don’t perform your head is on the chopping block.

  2. bozosforall - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Given the amount of injuries this season, much of the “200 million dollar payroll” wasn’t available to Girardi. He has done a more than decent job given the circumstances.

  3. scatterbrian - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Good lord, Girardi is the manager of a first-place team. You only get bullshit questions like this in New York…

  4. mazblast - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Girardi’s job security may be greater than Cashman’s.

  5. thatyankeedude - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    It would be insane to get rid of either one of those guys. I’m still upset they screwed joe torre out of his job. 12 of 13years he took the team to the playoffs and or world series. So my point really is neither guys job is safe ever if they are willing to butt plug torre like that whose to say they wouldnt do that to cashman or Girardi.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      I’m still upset they screwed joe torre out of his job.

      How did they screw over Joe Torre? He couldn’t be trusted with young guys, constantly preferring older guys [for their veteran presents] over youth, he couldn’t handle a bullpen and was starting to make really bad managerial decisions. They wanted to cut his pay, he declined the job and each went their separate ways. Then Torre writes a tell-all about the Yanks, airing some dirty laundry…

    • roadryder - Sep 16, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      “screwed Joe Torre out of this job”?
      You’ve got to be kidding. I have little love for the Yankees ownership and front office but Torre should’ve been fired after the 2003 WS and, if not then, after the 2004 season (and not just for the playoff meltdown). Yes, Torre did a very good job for a few years but he was a poor in game manager and burned out relievers like he was growing them in a garden out in the bullpen.

      When he had the great teams of 1996-1999 he didn’t screw things up and kept the players insulated from the front-office turmoil. When the player personnel changed and was not up to standard of those years Torre’s bumbling began to have an effect. But people like you want to give him credit for anything that went right, irrespective of whether it was mostly great players and the breaks going the Yankees way while dismissing anything that went wrong as bad luck. You can’t have it both ways.

      Yes, he was treated badly at the end but by that time he had long deserved to be fired on merit.

  6. thatyankeedude - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    I don’t know try by low balling one of the best managers the Yankees ever had by financially screwing him. And I’m glad you made a fool of yourself about the managing of young players. He managed Derek jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge posada and Andy pettite all when they were young guys. So i think he knew how to do his job, given that those are four of the most successful Yankees to play the game. So ya I do think torre got screwed because he won like 4 world series( 1996, 1998,1999 and 2000) plus he got them to the world series in 2001 and 2003 so clearly the man was qualified to make the big bucks.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 16, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      He managed Derek jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge posada and Andy pettite all when they were young guys

      Derek Jeter – came up in ’95
      Mariano Rivera – started in ’95
      Andy Pettitte – started in ’95

      All of those were under Showalter’s command, not Torre’s. If you really don’t think Torre had an issue with playing young guys, you must have been watching another team. And Posada wasn’t a full time player until 2000, when he was 28 years old.

      So ya I do think torre got screwed because he won like 4 world series( 1996, 1998,1999 and 2000) plus he got them to the world series in 2001 and 2003 so clearly the man was qualified to make the big bucks.

      What managerial genius did it take to win the WS with a team that won 114 games in ’98? An epileptic monkey could have done that as long as Zimmer filled out the line up cards correctly. In ’96, he inherited Showalter’s team and took them to a WS, again Torre should get credit for that?

      I never said the guy was a bad manager*, I said he started making bad managerial decisions in the last few years (which you did not refute). He couldn’t handle a bullpen well (which you also didn’t refute), and he was asked to take a pay cut which isn’t really insulting if management thinks the manager is slipping.

      *However, playing Devil’s Advocate here. If the guy was such a great manager, why was he only a .500 manager with the Cardinals for 5 years? Could it possibly be that having 3 or 4 viable HoFers on one team for 15+ years, with a few other HoFers for a couple of years, make things a bit easy for a manager?

      • roadryder - Sep 16, 2012 at 9:28 PM

        Basically agree but I wasn’t really a fan of Buck’s either and I still blame him for blowing the 1995 ALDS (143 pitches for Cone? Really? With Mo sitting in the bullpen?).

  7. mickeylolich1968 - Sep 16, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    If the Yankees fall apart it will be a bad September, Joe Girardi will return, and the Yankees will be a championship contender again next year. As a Sox fan it pains me to say it bit alas, I have faith the Yankees management will make sound, long term, decisions.
    When the Sox had a bed September they fired Tito Francona is spite of his being the best manager in club history. They kept Josh Beckett in spite of his giving up things like exercise, nutrition, and giving a s**t. Then, to top it off, franchise savior Larry Lucchino hires Bobby V and the rest is histrionics.

    I mean really, what is the likelihood the Yankees totally fall apart, fire Joe Girardi, and proceed to hire the soon to be available Bobby Valentine?

  8. thatyankeedude - Sep 16, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    That would be like saying sparky Anderson didn’t have to do anything to manage the big red machine. Both torre and sparky had to manage line ups and egos and I guarantee that was difficult for both. A lot goes unseen for managers. By the time torre got to NYY he had some experience and I think that helped make him a success. You are also correct that those guys did make the majors by the early to mid 90s but torre was responsible for managing them when they were still young. Jeter even said that he was like a father to him. So he absolutely had an effect on those guys. Yes torre made some disputable decisions but I think he still should’ve been offered his contract of equal or more value. I’m a fan of Girardi and at this point I don’t care who manages them as long as they win but there is no denying torre got screwed given his credentials. I understand that there was a time to get rid of him but I think he could have won a few more WS.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 16, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      Yes torre made some disputable decisions but I think he still should’ve been offered his contract of equal or more value.

      If you have an employee who’s performing below expectations, do you offer him an equal or greater contract when his renewal comes up? Could the Yanks have handled it in a better manner, probably. But let’s not place the blame entirely on them.

      I understand that there was a time to get rid of him but I think he could have won a few more WS.

      He hadn’t won one since ’00, and while ’01 wasn’t his fault he made a terrible decision in ’03 (Weaver over Rivera) that helped cause that loss. The next couple of years were terrible pitching performances in the postseason. What makes you think Torre could have done anything to fix it?

      • roadryder - Sep 16, 2012 at 9:31 PM

        And how about the 2004 ALCS? Not pitching out against Roberts in the ninth inning of Game 4? Not bunting or trying to steal against Wakefield and Varitek in Game 5? Not bunting (not that I’m a real fan of bunting – but this was a special situation) against Schilling in Game 6?

  9. foxburgh - Sep 16, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Cashman, Girardi, Martin, A rod, Tex, must be related somehow, “The Boss”, would of sent them packing not too long ago!!

  10. mazblast - Sep 16, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    This story is about Girardi. Why has it turned into a post mortem for Joe Torre’s tenure?

  11. nmrdr795 - Sep 16, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Just the media trying to make something outta of nothing. We all know girardi is good. Stupid media trying to start stuff in the Bronx. It was probably a reporter from Baltimore. This goes on the weak media veal list right behind the guy insinuating jeter could have done roids. Screw the media. Even the guy who wrote this story. Get a life and report real stuff like what these guys are facing and going through not making up crap and turning coaches and players into a%# holes cause they have to respond to this veal all day.

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